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Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique

July 12, 2018 9 Comments
Study Affirms Earth Is Uncommon and Perhaps Even Unique

A new study has been issued from Oxford University that casts doubt on the notion that there is “intelligent” life in abundance elsewhere in the universe. More on that study in a moment. Meanwhile, I have written from time to time on the question of whether there is other intelligent life in the universe. As […]

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Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building

July 11, 2018 9 Comments
Regrettable Ruins: A Lament for a Lost Church Building

Many years ago, I saw the movie True Confessions  (1981), which was about an ambitious priest who discovered the truer meaning of the priesthood. Although the film was seedy in places, the outcome for the main character, Monsignor Spellacy, was salutary. Robert DeNiro (who was more discreet and refined in those days) starred as Msgr. […]

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The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony

July 10, 2018 4 Comments
The Story of Hosea and What It Teaches About God and Holy Matrimony

We are currently reading from the Book of the Prophet Hosea at daily Mass. The story of the Prophet Hosea’s troubled marriage is a powerful testimony to two things: our own tendency to be unfaithful to God, but also of God’s passionate love for us. We do well to recall the story, especially given the […]

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Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila

July 9, 2018 2 Comments
Humility in Prayer According to St. Teresa of Avila

I have written before on humility in prayer as St. Augustine sets it forth. In today’s post I look to the same topic, but this time as St. Teresa of Avila presents it in her treatise The Way of Perfection. In setting forth her teaching, I have substantially reworked the order of her reflections. St. […]

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Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

July 8, 2018 5 Comments
Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

Physical hunger is a serious problem; We are obliged to assist the starving and malnourished. But even more prevalent these days is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, the source of spiritual hunger is not God, who has given us abundant grace and truth; it is we who are […]

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Poor Preaching Isn’t Only Due to the Preacher – A Homily For the 14th Sunday of the Year

July 7, 2018 4 Comments
Poor Preaching Isn’t Only Due to the Preacher – A Homily For the 14th Sunday of the Year

The gospel today portrays the Lord Jesus as preacher and prophet, but even the greatest preacher in the world, Jesus, can find His powerful and precious words falling lifeless on the rock-hard surface of many a soul. Yes, even His words can meet with resistance and hostility, indifference and ridicule. Indeed, the gospel today shows […]

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Faith Comes Through Hearing – As Seen in a Beautiful Video

July 6, 2018 1 Comment
Faith Comes Through Hearing – As Seen in a Beautiful Video

Below is a touching video of a hearing-impaired infant who, after being fitted with a hearing aid, hears the voices of his parents for the very first time. Initially, the child fidgets, afraid of what is happening. But as the voices of his parents reach his soul, a smile of joy and recognition blossoms on […]

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On the Cosmology of Fireworks

July 5, 2018 1 Comment
On the Cosmology of Fireworks

One of the great paradoxes of creation and our existence in God’s world is that many blessings are unlocked by explosive, even violent, forces. The cosmos itself is hurtling outward in a massive explosion. Here we are, living part way through that explosion. When I consider the fireworks on the Fourth of July, I often […]

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